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Fikile Mbalula concerned over apparent escalation of missing persons

The minister says the prevalence of missing women and children across South Africa is alarming and this requires immediate action and attention.

FILE: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has raised concern over an apparent escalation of missing persons cases across the country.

He says it's a matter of grave concern that requires immediate action and attention.

Mbalula adds the police's Missing Person Bureau must beef up efforts to trace people who have disappeared.

The minister says the prevalence of missing women and children across South Africa is alarming.

Mbalula does not provide statistics, but says he's been receiving complaints from the public via social media and grievances have also been sent to his office.

In Cape Town, the Elsies River community has been searching for three-year-old Courtney Pieters for the past seven days.

The Western Cape Social Development Department has dispatched social workers to support the family.

Ten-year-old Clayton Mohamed from Strand has also been missing since last Thursday.

The child was last seen at his home on Daisy Street.